10 Signs You Have No Al-Walaa Wal-Baraa, By Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan حفظه الله 

10 Signs You Have No Al-Walaa Wal-Baraa, By Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan حفظه الله 

1) Imitating them in dress and lingo

2) Residing in their lands and not moving from their lands to the lands of the Muslims to save one’s Deen (i.e, hijrah).

3) Travelling to the lands of the kuffaar for tourism and vacation.

4) Helping them, giving them victory over the Muslims, speaking well of them and defending their honour.

5) Seeking their aid, trusting them, putting them in positions to know the secrets of the Muslims and making them advisors.
6) Using their calendar instead of the Islaamic calendar and, more importantly, observing the holidays on their calendar, like Christmas etc.

7) Observing their holidays or helping them to make that celebration or congratulating them for their holidays or just being present at their celebrations.

8) Speaking well of them through what they have of material wealth and being satisfied with their behaviour without looking at their deen which is a false deen.

9) Using their names.

10) Supplicating for them and being compassionate to them.

[Taken from  الإرشاد إلى صحيح الإعتقاد و رد اهل الشرك و الالحاد من باب: مظاهر مولاة الكفار ص ٣١٦

Al-Irshaad chapter of Manifestation of Loyalty to the Disbelievers page 316.]

Reciting Faatiha during Marriage or Replacing Nikkah with it – Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen رحمه الله 

Reciting Faatiha during Marriage or Replacing Nikkah with it – Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen رحمه الله 
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Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullah) was asked concerning the ruling of reciting Al-Faatihah during a marriage contract, it was also mentioned that it has transpired that some of the people have replaced the contract entirely, so they say “I have read Al-Fatihaah upon her” and intend by that that the marriage has taken place, he replied:

‎This is not legislated, rather it is an innovation. ‎Reciting Al-Faatihah or other than it from specific Suwar (Chapters of the Quran) are not to be recited except in places where they are legislated. If you recite it in other than its correct place -as an act of worship- then it is considered a bidah. And indeed we have seen many of the people reciting Al-Faatihah on every occasion, to the extent that we have heard those who say “Read Al-Faatihah on the deceased” and on this one and that one, and all of this is from the innovated and evil practices.

Therefore, Al-Faatihah and other than it from the Suwar are not read in any situation, or place or time except if that (reading in that situation, place or time) has been legislated based upon the Book of Allah or the Sunnah of His Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa Sallam) and if not, then it is an innovation and its perpetrator is reproached.

[Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen’s Fataawa Noor alad Darb Vol.10 pg.95]

Responsibility in Knowledge and Da’wah – Ibn Uthaymeen رحمه الله 

Responsibility in Knowledge and Da’wah

‘Alî b. Abî Tâlib – Allah be pleased with him – said:

“Narrate to people what they can understand; do you want Allah and His Messenger ﷺ to be disbelieved?”

Quoted by Al-Bukhârî, Al-Sahîh, Chapter about a person preferring some people with certain knowledge to the exclusion of others.

Ibn Hajr said in Fath Al-Bârî,

“[In this narration] there is evidence that ambiguous knowledge should not be mentioned amongst the general public.”

Shaykh Muhammad b. Sâlih Al-‘Uthaymîn – Allah have mercy on him – explained this very important and often misunderstood point beautifully. After mentioning the narration of ‘Alî, he states:

It is therefore an aspect of wisdom in da’wah (calling others to Allah) that you should not surprise people with things they are not able to comprehend. Rather, you should call them in stages, bit by bit until their minds settle…”

He goes on to say:

“[The statement of ‘Alî] ‘Do you want Allah and His Messenger to be disbelieved?’ is a rhetorical question, posed as a criticism of such behavior. It means: by narrating to people things they cannot understand do you want Allah and His Messenger to be disbelieved? This is because in such cases when you say, “Allah said, and His Messenger said” they will say you have lied if their minds cannot comprehend what you are saying. Here, they are not disbelieving Allah and His Messenger, but they are disbelieving you because of this speech that you have attributed to Allah and His Messenger. Thus they will end up disbelieving Allah and His Messenger – not directly – but by way of the one who transmits this knowledge (i.e. you).

Now if it is said: Should we stop telling people things they cannot understand even if they need to know? The answer is: no, we do not leave this knowledge altogether, but we should tell them in a way that they will be able to understand. This is done by telling them stage by stage, bit by bit until they can accept the speech we want them to know and they can feel comfortable with it. We do not abandon knowledge that people cannot understand and just say ‘this is something they will reject or dislike so we will not speak about it.’

The same is the case with acting upon a Sunnah that people are not used to and which they might find objectionable. We should act by this Sunnah, but only after informing people about it, such that they will be able to accept it and feel comfortable about it.

We learn from this narration (of ‘Alî) that it is important to employ wisdom in calling to Allah, and that it is incumbent upon anyone who calls to Allah to consider the level of understanding of those he is inviting, and that he should put everyone in their proper place.

{MajmûFatâwâ Ibn ‘Uthaymîn Vol.10 p140.}

Translated by Owais Al-Hashimi

Aqeedah of the Salaf: The Hawd & The Kawthar (The Pool & The River) – Abu Muhammad al-Maghribee [Audio|En]by AbdurRahman.org

Aqeedah of the Salaf: The Hawd & The Kawthar (The Pool & The River) – Abu Muhammad al-Maghribee [Audio|En]by AbdurRahman.org

The Explanation of the Creed of the Salaf, by Imaam Abee Uthmaan Ismaa’eel bin Abdir-Rahmaan As-Saaboonee (rahimahullaah), as explained by our noble sheikh al-Allaamah Rabee’ bin Haadee Al-Madkhalee (hafidhahullaah).

Audio Lecture by: Abu Muhammad al Maghribee (hafidhahullaah)

[The below is the Text from the Book]

The Hawd & The Kawthar (The Pool & The River)

[89] They believe in the Hawd [102] and the Kawthar. Also in the entering of a group of Ahl ut-Tawheed into Paradise without account. There will also be a group from them who will have an easy reckoning, without any harm befalling them, or any punishment overtaking them. A group from them who had sinned will enter the Fire, then they will be freed and led out of it and joined up with their brothers who preceded them in entering Paradise. [103]

They (i.e. Ahl Hadeeth) know with certainty and truth that the sinful from amongst the Ahl ut Tawheed will not remain in the Fire eternally, and will not be left there forever. [104] As for the unbelievers, they shall abide in Hell forever and never come out of it nor shall they ever be reprieved. Allaah will never leave in the Fire anyone, who was disobedient from Ahl ul-Eemaan.

Footnotes:

[102] TRANSLATORS NOTE: The Messenger of Allaah, (صلى الله عليه وسلم), said:

“My pool takes one month to cross. Its water is whiter than milk and its smell is nicer than musk. Its drinking cups are like the stars in the sky. One who drinks from it will never be thirsty again.” Related by al-Bukhaaree [No.6579]

[103] TRANSLATORS NOTE: Contrary to what the Mu’tazilah say.

[104] TRANSLATORS NOTE: Contrary to what the Khawaarij say.

Listen to the full audio explanation of the Book:

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Things have Changed.

Umm Al-Dardâ` [the Younger] رضي الله عنها reports:

One day, Abû Al-Dardâ` رضي الله عنه came home angry, so I asked him, “What has made you so angry?” He replied, “By Allâh, I do not recognize anything from the Ummah of Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم except that they pray (salâh) in congregation.”

Al-Bukhârî, Al-Sahîh, Chapter on the Virtue of Praying Al-Fajr in Congregation.

We learn from this narration:

• Prayer (salâh) in congregation is from the characteristics of the Ummah of Allâh’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم .

• The noble Companion Abû Al-Dardâ` رضي الله عنه was conveying the idea that deficiency and negative changes had begun to creep in to the practices of the Muslims, and he wanted to point out this evil so that people could be aware and try to keep to the original teachings. Al-Hâfidh Ibn Hajr states, “Abû Al-Dardâ` رضي الله عنه intended to point out that all the deeds of those mentioned had suffered some degree of deficiency and change, except praying in congregation. This [change] is relative, for the condition of the people during the time of the Prophet was better compared to how it changed after that time; and during the time of the Two Shaykhs (Abû Bakr and ‘Umar) رضي الله عنهم it was better compared to how it was after them. It is as if this concern came from Abû Al-Dardâ` towards the end of his life – during the latter part of ‘Uthmân’s رضي الله عنه Caliphate. And just imagine, if that virtuous generation was described by Abû Al-Dardâ` as it was, then what about those who came after them up to our own time?!”

• This narration shows us that we should be angry if some aspect of the religion is changed, and that renouncing evil can be done by showing one’s anger if one is not able to do any more than that.

{Taken from Fath Al-Bârî of Ibn Rajab and Fath Al-Bârî of Ibn Hajr; both of which are commentaries on Sahîh Al-Bukhârî}

Judging a website by way of links to the popular Salafi websites?

Bismillah. Alhamdulillah. Was salatu was salamu ‘ala Rasoolillah. Amma ba’d.

ﺍﻟﺴﻼﻡ ﻋﻠﻴﻜﻢ ﻭﺭﺣﻤﺔ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻭﺑﺮﻛﺎﺗﻪ

My dear brothers & sisters. I advise you all to listen to the last couple of audios that was posted on this blog. Especially this one.

And I advise you not to accept any new principle that is brought about by a student of knowledge, no matter who they are unless they have a scholar of Ahlus Sunnah saying what they are saying. Especially when they have no Salaf for a principle that they just brought into the manhaj of Ahlus Sunnah, nor did any of the Salaf understand it in that way. Nor do they have any textual evidence to claim what they are claiming. No matter who this is, and no matter how much respect we have for them, and how many years we have learned from them. We are living in times of fitnah, where our teachers, and students of knowledge we have looked up to are falling into fitan and fighting one another over issues that have nothing to do with manhaj. We have warnings being issued against websites and blogs that call to Tawheed and Sunnah, free from any kind of misguidance and free of any content of the people of hizbiyyah (partisanship), and hawaa (desires) and bid’ah (innovation). Yet these websites are being warned against privately and publicly because they direct traffic away from the “popular” Salafi websites, and the claim is that the intent of the blog/website owners is that they want to divert traffic away and build a “followership”. Reaching into the affairs of the heart, and of the ghayb to judge someone’s niyyah.

So I advise you to deeply reflect on the opinions you take from a student of knowledge, which they have no scholar saying what they say, and it is only from the students of knowledge and their followers. Listen to the small clip of testing people by Shaykh ‘Abdurrahman Omisan and think about this concept of “If a website links you to the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah, and translates from their works, and it does not hold any kind of stance against the Salafi shuyookh, but yet JUST because it has no links to the popular Salafi websites, that must mean there is something wrong with it? Is this not the sole definition of hizbiyyah? Where we restrict the truth to only a group, and if the truth comes from this group then we are with it, and if the haqq comes from elsewhere then we are not with it? Open your eyes.

There is something severely wrong with elevating students of knowledge above their level, and taking their sayings over anything that the scholars have ever taught us. And if you really are to apply that principle, then why not apply it to ALL of the Salafi websites? How come, the websites of the scholars do not link to these “popular websites”? Have you ever heard anything from the scholars that says this? That if a website does not link to Shaykh so and so’s website, or so and so’s website, then there is a question mark on it?

Where is this principle from? Open your eyes my brothers and sisters. abdurrahman.org has been connecting the brothers & sisters to Da’wah tu Salafiyyah for over a decade. Before many of us became Salafi, and for some of us, when we first accepted Islam. Allah knows best, and the proof is on the website, but as far as we know there is no content on that website that is from the works of the people of hawaa. Yet just because the website does not link to the “popular” Salafi sites, there is a question mark on it?

Can the principle not just be flipped on the critic? How come these “popular” websites are not linking to one of the oldest Salafi websites on the Internet (abdurrahman.org)? How come these “popular” websites are not linking to sayingsofthesalaf.net? Yes. Owais Al-Haashimi’s website. Because that website does not link to these popular Salafi sites, then it must have a question mark on it? Why are they not linking to these websites that have been known for their call to the da’wah for so long? Why are they not linking to salafyink.com, which has been known to connect the people to the Salafi scholars for so long? Can the same principle not be applied to the critics?

And why are we to assume that just because these websites are set up…their intent is to divert traffic away from the “popular” ones? And to compete with the popular ones? And to achieve a “followership” and “seek fame”? Where did we get this key to unlocking what lies in someone’s heart? What if they just want to gain the reward as most Salafis would want to do? Why is our first thought negative about the owners of these websites?

Just to be clear, no I am not referring to Brixton, Luton, madeenah.con, hajuri’s oloom & the likes. No. I am referring to Salafi websites that connect you to the scholars and are free from unclear individuals. The haqq is not restricted to a certain group of students of knowledge and who they deem fit to be acceptable or not. The da’wah is bigger than you. The role of a student of knowledge is to connect us to the scholars. If they begin to bring things in from their own logic and their own principles and they have no scholars preceding them in this principle, then no we do not accept it.

And before you think what my advice is from myself, and I just made all this up. Then I advise you all, if you can speak Arabic to call up the scholars of Ahlus Sunnah and ask them about this principle. I promise you the scholars do not teach this principle of “If they do not link to the Salafi sites and want to remain independent then there is something wrong with them.” Ponder on Shaykh Omaisan’s advice and if you can go visit him and ask him about some of these things. Ask the students of knowledge who are not living in the west about this principle and you will see what the position of Ahlus Sunnah is. We are Salafi. The haqq is bigger than us. And the da’wah is bigger than us. And the call to Allah is bigger than our affiliation to the Salafi masaajid, maraakiz and a group of the students of knowledge.

ﻭﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺃﻋﻠﻢ

whatever I have said that is correct is from Allah alone, and whatever I have said erroneous is from myself and Shaytaan.

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Al-Albānī Regarding the Hesitation of Allāh عزَّ و جلَّ 

From Abū Hurayrah, may Allāh be pleased with him, who said: “The Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said:

Indeed Allāh the Most High said:

Whoever shows enmity to a faithful, pious believer (walī) of mine, indeed I give him notice of war. And my slave never sought to get closer to me with anything more beloved to me than that which I have made obligatory upon him. And my slave continues to get closer to me with voluntary deeds until I love him. Then if I love him, I become his hearing that he hears with,[1] his sight that he sees with, his hand that he strikes with, and his leg that he walks with; and if he asks of me, I will certainly give him that which he requests, and indeed, if he seeks refuge with me,  I will certainly protect him; and I never hesitate about a matter I am about to do like I hesitate about seizing a believer’s soul: he does not like death, and I do not like that which causes him distress.

Ṣaḥīḥ (Silsilah al-Aḥādīth al-Ṣaḥīḥah, Ḥadīth 1640)

[A Point of Benefit Mentioned by Shaykh al-Albānī رحمه الله]

Then Shaykh al-Islām [Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله] has a valuable response to a question about the hesitation that is mentioned in this ḥadīth. I quote it here with some abridgement because it is so precious and important.

He says, may Allāh the Most High have mercy on him (Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá, 18/129-31):

This is a ḥadīth of distinguished status, and it is the most notable ḥadīth that has been narrated concerning the characteristics of the faithful, pious believers (awliyā’). And a group rejected this speech,[2] saying: “Indeed, Allāh is not to be described as hesitating, since only one who does not know the final consequences of various affairs hesitates, and Allāh is the most knowledgeable of consequences.” And perhaps some [others] have [wrongly] said: “Indeed, Allāh handles affairs with hesitancy”!

And the truth of the matter is that the speech of His Messenger ﷺ is the truth, and no one is more knowledgeable about Allah than His Messenger ﷺ, no one more sincere to his assigned people (ummah), no one more precise with the Arabic language or better at explaining things than he.

So with that being the case, those who act as if they have more knowledge or skill [than he] and those who find fault with him are from the most astray of people, the most ignorant of them, and the worst of them in manners; rather, it is obligatory to discipline them and punish them as the Muslim ruler sees fit, and it is obligatory to defend the speech of the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ from false assumptions and corrupt beliefs and ideologies.

But the one who hesitates from among us, even if his hesitation about a matter were due to his not knowing the final outcome of affairs, [it still remains that] whatever Allāh describes Himself with is not to be put in the same class as whatever one of us might be described with, for indeed the reality is that Allāh—nothing whatsoever is even the slightest like Him.

After that, this [reasoning, if applied to all cases] is false, for at times one hesitates due to not having knowledge of all the consequences, and at times, due to that which is in the two actions [before him] from benefits and harms—such that he wants to do something because of what it contains of benefit, while he dislikes it because of what it contains of harm, [his hesitation in this case] not being due to his ignorance of some particular thing that might be liked from one angle and disliked from another, as it has been said:

Grey hair is despicable, and it is despicable for me to part with it.
Amazing that a thing can be, while despised, so lovable.

And this is [just] like a sick person’s wanting his repulsive medicine; rather, everything that the slave [of Allāh] wants to do from the righteous deeds that his soul dislikes is from this type [of hesitation].

And in the Ṣaḥīḥ [of al-Bukhārī]:

The Fire was encircled by desires; the Garden of Paradise, by things disliked.

And Allāh the Most High says:

Meaning[3]:

“Fighting the disbelievers has been prescribed for you while it is full of difficulty and severe hardship upon you….”

(Al-Baqarah: 216)

And it is from this type [of hesitation] that the meaning of hesitation mentioned in the ḥadīth becomes apparent, for indeed He says: “… my slave continues to get closer to me with voluntary deeds until I love him.” So it is a fact that the slave whose state of affairs is like this has become beloved to al-Ḥaqq, loving Him; he gets closer to Him by performing the obligatory deeds—and He loves them [the obligatory deeds]; after that, he strives to perform the voluntary deeds, which He loves—and He loves the one who does them.

Thus he did everything he was capable of doing from that which is loved by al-Ḥaqq, so al-Ḥaqq loved him for his acting upon that which He loves from both sides [obligatory and voluntary] by seeking agreement in will, whereby He loves that which His loved one loves and dislikes that which His loved one dislikes.

And al-Rabb does not like to cause distress to His slave and loved one, so it follows from this that He does not like death so that there might be more of that which his loved one loves.

And Allāh, exalted is He above every deficiency, has ordained death. So everything He has ordained, He wills, and there is no way out of that. Thus al-Rabb wants his [loved one’s] death due to that which has occurred earlier from His ordaining it, and He, at the same time, dislikes causing His slave distress—specifically, the distress caused to him by death.

So death becomes something that is sought after by al-Ḥaqq from one angle, disliked by Him from another, and this is the reality of hesitation: it is that a thing is desired from one angle, disliked from another. And even if it is inevitable that the decision swings to one side more than the other, as it does in favor of [His] willing death, that still occurs along with [His] not liking that which distresses His slave at the same time. And His willing the death of a believer He loves while disliking that which causes him distress is not like His willing the death of a disbeliever He detests and for whom He wants to cause distress.

And [Shaykh al-Islām] mentions elsewhere (Majmūʿ al-Fatāwá, 10 / 57-59):

And Allāh makes it clear that He hesitates because hesitation is the occurrence of two opposing wills. Thus He, exalted is He above every deficiency, loves that which His slave loves and dislikes that which His slave dislikes—and he does not like death, so He, exalted is He above every deficiency, does not like it, as He says: “…and I do not like that which causes him distress.”

At the same time, He, exalted is He above every deficiency, has ordained death, so He wants him to die; thus, He called that [occurrence of two opposing wills] hesitation. Then He made it clear that this is unavoidable.

Sources:

Al-Albānī, Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn. Silsilah al-Aḥādīth Aṣ-Ṣaḥīḥah. Riyadh: Maktabah al-Maʿārif.

Abī Rabīʿ, ʿAbd al-Laṭīf ibn Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn. Nuẓum al-Farā’id Mimmā Fī Silsilatay al-Albānī Min Fawā’id. Riyadh: Maktabah al-Maʿārif, 1999.

Footnotes:

* 1. The meaning of this and the following phrases is that Allāh directs his slave’s hearing, sight, hand and legs to that which is right and best, i.e. to that which He loves. Refer to the explanation of the thirty-eighth ḥadīth of Imām al-Nawawī’s Forth Ḥadīths by Shaykh Muḥammad al-ʿUthaymīn رحمه الله.

* 2. i.e., the saying of Allāh as narrated to us by His Prophet ﷺ: “[A]nd I never hesitate about a matter I am about to do like my hesitation about seizing a believer’s soul: he does not like death, and I do not like that which causes him grief,” as is evident from the original question Shaykh al-Islām was asked in al-Majmuʿ.

* 3. English meanings of Qur’ānic verses are based on the tafsīrs of Ibn Kathīr, Al-Ṭabarī, Al-Baghawī, Al-Saʿdī رحمهما الله.

Ruling on the Call for Rapprochement between Religions (Islam – Christianity – Judaism) – alifta

Ruling on the Call for Rapprochement between Religions (Islam – Christianity – Judaism) – Alifta

by AbdurRahman.org

The second question of Fatwa no. 7807

Q 2: Is the call for rapprochement between religions (Islam – Christianity – Judaism) a legitimate one? Is it permissible for a Muslim believer to support it? I heard that this is done by some scholars in Al-Az-har and other Islamic institutions. Is the call for rapprochement between Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) and the Shiites, Druze, Al-Isma`iliyyah, Al-Nusayriyyah and such sects useful for Muslims? Is reconciliation between them possible, although all of these sects entail Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship), offense to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), and hostility towards Islam and Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah? Is this rapprochement permissible according to Shari`ah?

A: First: the roots of Iman (faith) which Allah has revealed to His Messengers in the Holy Books: Tawrah (Torah), Injil (Gospel), Zabur (Psalms), and the Qur’an; and which the Messengers Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), ‘Isa (Jesus), and other Messengers (peace be upon them) called to, are all the same. The former ones of them told the latter about them; and the latter confirmed what the former said, even if they differed in the branches, each according to the circumstances of their own era and the benefit of the people at their time. This is the wisdom and mercy of Allah, as He says, The Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allâh, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. (They say), “We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers” – and they say, “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).” (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 285).

Allah also says, And those who believe in Allâh and His Messengers and make no distinction between any of them (Messengers), We shall give them their rewards; and Allâh is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surah Al-Nisa’, 4: 152).

Allah also says, And (remember) when Allâh took the Covenant of the Prophets, saying: “Take whatever I gave you from the Book and Hikmah (understanding of the Laws of Allâh), and afterwards there will come to you a Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) confirming what is with you; you must, then, believe in him and help him.”

Allâh said: “Do you agree (to it) and will you take up My Covenant (which I conclude with you)?” They said: “We agree.” He said: “Then bear witness; and I am with you among the witnesses (for this).”Then whoever turns away after this, they are the Fâsiqûn (rebellious: those who turn away from Allâh’s Obedience). Do they seek other than the religion of Allâh (the true Islâmic Monotheism – worshipping none but Allâh Alone), while to Him submitted all creatures in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly. And to Him shall they all be returned.” (Surah Al-‘Imran, 3: 81-83).

Allah also says, Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “We believe in Allâh and in what has been sent down to us, and what was sent down to Ibrâhîm (Abraham), Ismâ‘îl (Ishmael), Ishâq (Isaac), Ya‘qûb (Jacob) and Al-Asbât [the offspring of the twelve sons of Ya‘qûb (Jacob)] and what was given to Mûsâ (Moses), ‘Isâ (Jesus) and the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between one another among them and to Him (Allâh) we have submitted (in Islâm).” And whoever seeks a religion other than Islâm, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” (Surah Al-‘Imran, 3: 84-85).

After mentioning Ibrahim’s call for Tawhid (monotheism) and the Messengers who were contemporary with him, Allah says, They are those whom We gave the Book, Al-Hukm (understanding of the religious laws), and Prophethood. But if these disbelieve therein (the Book, Al-Hukm and Prophethood), then, indeed We have entrusted it to a people (such as the Companions of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) who are not disbelievers therein. They are those whom Allâh had guided. So follow their guidance. Say: “No reward I ask of you for this (the Qur’ân). It is only a reminder for the ‘Alamîn (mankind and jinn).” (Surah Al-An’am, 6: 89-90).

Allah also says, Verily, among mankind who have the best claim to Ibrâhîm (Abraham) are those who followed him, and this Prophet (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) and those who have believed (Muslims). And Allâh is the Walî (Protector and Helper) of the believers.” (Surah Al-‘Imran, 3: 68).

Allah also says, Then, We have sent the revelation to you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم saying): “Follow the religion of Ibrâhîm (Abraham) Hanif (Islâmic Monotheism – to worship none but Allâh) and he was not of the Mushrikûn (polytheists, idolaters and disbelievers). (Surah Al-Nahl, 16: 123).

He also says, And (remember) when ‘Isâ (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), said: “O Children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allâh unto you, confirming the Taurât [(Torah) which came] before me, and giving glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad. (Surah Al-Saff, 61: 6).

He also says, And We have sent down to you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) the Book (this Qur’ân) in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and Muhaymin (trustworthy in highness and a witness) over it (old Scriptures). So judge among them by what Allâh has revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging away from the truth that has come to you. To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way.(Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5: 48).

It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, I am the nearest of all the people to ‘Isa ibn Maryam (Jesus, son of Mary) in this world and in the hereafter. All the prophets are paternal brothers; they have different mothers, but their religion is the same. Narrated by Al-Bukhari.

Second, The Jews and the Christians changed the words from their (right) places and carried out commands other than those given to them. Thus, they changed the principles of their religions and the rulings of Allah, such as the claim made by the Jews that ‘Uzayr is the son of Allah. They claim that Allah got tired from creating the heavens, the earth, and what is in between in six days, so He rested on Saturday. They also claim that they crucified ‘Isa (peace be upon him) and killed him. They consider hunting on Saturday legal, while Allah prohibits them from doing so. They also abrogated the Had (prescribed penalty) of Zina (adultery) for a married person.

They said, Truly, Allâh is poor and we are rich! They also said, Allâh’s Hand is tied up (i.e. He does not give and spend of His Bounty). In addition to other verbal and practical distortions made on purpose in following their own desires. The Christians also claim that ‘Isa (peace be upon him) is the son of Allah, and that he is another God besides Allah. They believe the Jews in their claim that they crucified and killed him. Each of them (i.e. the Jews and the Christians) claim that they are the children of Allah and His loved ones. They disbelieve in Muhammad (peace be upon him) and envy him, although they are supposed to believe and support him, in addition to other aspects of disgrace and discrepancies among them. Allah has told us a lot of their lies and distortions of the creeds and legislations that were revealed to them. He exposed them, and replied to them in the Qur’an saying, Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands and then say, “This is from Allâh,” to purchase with it a little price! Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for that they earn thereby. And they (Jews) say, “The Fire (i.e. Hell-fire on the Day of Resurrection) shall not touch us but for a few numbered days.” Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to them): “Have you taken a covenant from Allâh, so that Allâh will not break His Covenant? Or is it that you say of Allâh what you know not?” (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 79-80).

Allah also says, And they say, “None shall enter Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian.” These are their own desires. Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), “Produce your proof if you are truthful.” (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 111).

Allah also says, And they say, “Be Jews or Christians, then you will be guided.” Say (to them O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), “Nay, (we follow) only the religion of Ibrâhîm (Abraham), Hanîfa [Islâmic Monotheism, i.e. to worship none but Allâh (Alone)], and he was not of Al-Mushrikûn (those who worshipped others along with Allâh – see Surah al-Baqarah, 2: 105).”

Say (O Muslims), “We believe in Allâh and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Ibrâhîm (Abraham), Ismâ‘îl (Ishmael), Ishâq (Isaac), Ya‘qûb (Jacob), and to Al-Asbât [the offspring of the twelve sons of Ya‘qûb (Jacob)], and that which has been given to Mûsâ (Moses) and ‘Isâ (Jesus), and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islâm).” (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 135-136).

Allah also says, And verily, among them is a party who distort the Book with their tongues (as they read), so that you may think it is from the Book, but it is not from the Book, and they say: “This is from Allâh,” but it is not from Allâh; and they speak a lie against Allâh while they know it. (Surah Al-‘Imran, 3: 78).

Allah also says, Because of their breaking the covenant, and of their rejecting the Ayât (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allâh, and of their killing the Prophets unjustly, and because of their (Jews) disbelief and uttering against Maryam (Mary السلام عليهما) a grave false charge (that she has committed illegal sexual intercourse); And because of their saying (in boast), “We killed Messiah ‘Isâ (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), the Messenger of Allâh,” – but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but it appeared so to them [the resemblance of ‘Isâ (Jesus) was put over another man (and they killed that man)], and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no (certain) knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely; they killed him not [i.e. ‘Isâ (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary) عليهما السلام]: But Allâh raised him [‘Isâ (Jesus)] up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he عليه السلام is in the heavens). And Allâh is Ever All-Powerful, All-Wise. (Surah Al-Nisa’, 4: 155-158).

Allah also says, And (both) the Jews and the Christians say: “We are the children of Allâh and His loved ones.” Say: “Why then does He punish you for your sins?” Nay, you are but human beings of those He has created(Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5: 18).

Allah also says, And the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allâh, and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allâh. That is their saying with their mouths, resembling the saying of those who disbelieved aforetime. Allâh’s Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth! They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allâh (by obeying them in things which they made lawful or unlawful according to their own desires without being ordered by Allâh), and (they also took as their Lord) Messiah, son of Maryam (Mary) (Surah Al-Tawbah, 9: 30-31). Allah also says, Many of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) wish that if they could turn you away as disbelievers after you have believed, out of envy from their ownselves, even after the truth (that Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is Allâh’s Messenger) has become manifest unto them. (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 109).

There are countless examples of their distortion, contradictions, and disgrace. We only intend to mention some examples of their status as an answer to the question.

Third, according to what has been mentioned above, it is evident that the origin of religions legislated by Allah for the people is one, which needs no rapprochement. It is also evident that the Jews and the Christianshave distorted what was revealed to them from Allah, until their religions became false, Kufr (disbelief) and misguidance. Thus, Allah sent them His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) as well as to all the nations so that he would reveal the truth that they had concealed, correct the ‘Aqidahs (creeds) and rulings they had distorted, and guide them to the right path.

Allah says, O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Now has come to you Our Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) explaining to you much of that which you used to hide from the Scripture and pass over (i.e. leaving out without explaining) much. Indeed, there has come to you from Allâh a light (Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) and a plain Book (this Qur’ân). Wherewith Allâh guides all those who seek His Good Pleasure to ways of peace, and He brings them out of darkness by His Will unto light and guides them to the Straight Way (Islâmic Monotheism). (Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5: 15-16).

He also says, O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Now has come to you Our Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) making (things) clear unto you, after a break in (the series of) Messengers, lest you say: “There came unto us no bringer of glad tidings and no warner.” But now has come unto you a bringer of glad tidings and a warner. And Allâh is Able to do all things.(Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5: 19).

However, they turned away from him out of injustice and envy after knew the truth.

Allah says, Many of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) wish that if they could turn you away as disbelievers after you have believed, out of envy from their ownselves, even after the truth (that Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is Allâh’s Messenger) has become manifest unto them. (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 109).

He also says, And when there came to them (the Jews), a Book (this Qur’ân) from Allâh confirming what is with them [the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)], although aforetime they had invoked Allâh (for coming of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) in order to gain victory over those who disbelieved, then when there came to them that which they had recognised, they disbelieved in it. So let the Curse of Allâh be on the disbelievers. (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 89).

He also says, And when there came to them a Messenger from Allâh (i.e. Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) confirming what was with them, a party of those who were given the Scripture threw away the Book of Allâh behind their backs as if they did not know! (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 101).

He also says, Those who disbelieve from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and Al-Mushrikûn, were not going to leave (their disbelief) until there came to them clear evidence. A Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) from Allâh, reciting (the Qur’ân) purified pages [purified from Al-Bâtil (falsehood)]. (Surah Al-Bayyinah, 98: 1-2).

How can a sane person who knows about their insistence on falsehood and their extreme injustice in spite of their knowledge, and out of envy and following desires, how can anyone hope for rapprochement between them and the true Muslims?

Allah says, Do you (faithful believers) covet that they will believe in your religion inspite of the fact that a party of them (Jewish rabbis) used to hear the Word of Allâh [the Taurât (Torah)], then they used to change it knowingly after they understood it? (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 75).

He also says, Verily, We have sent you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) with the truth (Islâm), a bringer of glad tidings (for those who believe in what you brought, that they will enter Paradise) and a warner (for those who disbelieve in what you brought, that they will enter the Hell-fire). And you will not be asked about the dwellers of the blazing Fire. Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) till you follow their religion. Say: “Verily, the Guidance of Allâh (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism) that is the (only) Guidance. And if you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) were to follow their (Jews and Christians) desires after what you have received of Knowledge (i.e. the Qur’ân), then you would have against Allâh neither any Walî (protector or guardian) nor any helper. (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 119-120).

Allah also says, How shall Allâh guide a people who disbelieved after their belief and after they bore witness that the Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) is true and after clear proofs had come unto them? And Allâh guides not the people who are Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers). (Surah Al-‘Imran, 3: 86).

If they are not considered more evil and hostile to Allah and to the believers than Mushrikun (those who associate others with Allah in worship), they are at least equal to them. Allah says to His Messengers about the Mushrikun, So (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) obey you not the deniers [(of Islâmic Monotheism – those who belie the Verses of Allâh), the Oneness of Allâh, and the Messengership of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم] They wish that you should compromise (in religion out of courtesy) with them: so they (too) would compromise with you.(Surah Al-Qalam, 68: 8-9).

He also says, Say: (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to these Mushrikûn and Kâfirûn): “O Al-Kafirûn (disbelievers in Allâh, in His Oneness, in His Angels, in His Books, in His Messengers, in the Day of Resurrection, and in Al-Qadar)! “I worship not that which you worship, “Nor will you worship that which I worship. “And I shall not worship that which you are worshipping. “Nor will you worship that which I worship. “To you be your religion, and to me my religion (Islâmic Monotheism).” (Surah Al-Kafirun, 109: 1-6).

A person who thinks of compromising between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism is like a person who tries to match two contradictory things; truth and falsehood; Kufr and Iman.

Fourth, if a person calls to declare a truce or a peace treaty between these sects in order to spare the blood of people, avoid wars, enable people to earn their living, maintain the earth, call to the truth, and guide people to justice, it will be a great and noble purpose. However, the truth should be protected, and this should not be done at the expense of Muslims. The participants may adulate the Mushrikun and give up some of the rulings ordained by Allah or some of their dignity. On the contrary, they should keep their self-respect and stick to the Qur’an and the Sunnah of their Prophet (peace be upon him), in obedience to the way of the Qur’an and following the Messenger (peace be upon him).

Allah says, But if they incline to peace, you also incline to it, and (put your) trust in Allâh. Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.(Surah Al-Anfal, 8: 61).

Allah also says, So be not weak and ask not for peace (from the enemies of Islâm) while you are having the upper hand. Allâh is with you, and He will never decrease the reward of your good deeds. (Surah Muhammad, 47: 35).

The Prophet (peace be upon him) applied this practically when he concluded a peace treaty with Quraysh in the year of Al-Hudaybiyah, with the Jews in Al-Madinah before the Battle of Al-Khandaq (the Trench) and the Battle of Khaybar, and with the Christians of Rome in the Battle of Tabuk. This had the greatest impact and the most wonderful results; peace spread, lives were saved, the truth prevailed in the world, people embraced Islam in crowds, and everyone began to work for the benefit of this world and the Hereafter. Thus, the result was prosperity, power, and the spread of Islam and peace.

History and reality are the strongest proof of this for the impartial and sane people who are free from fanaticism and sophistry. Therein is indeed a reminder for those who have a heart or listen heedfully. Allah is the One Who guides to the straight path. He is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs.

Fifth, Druze, Al-Nusayriyyah, Al-Isma`iliyyah and those who follow them such as Babists and Baha’is have manipulated the religious texts; legislated for themselves what Allah has not permitted for them; and imitated the Jews and the Christians in their distortions out of following the desire imitating the first leader of Fitnah (trial):`Abdullah ibn Sab’ Al-Himyary, the head of Ibtida’ (heresy), misguidance, and spreading conflict among the Muslims. His evil spread widely; many sects were deceived by him, so they turned to Kufr after having embraced Islam; and controversy spread among Muslims. Thus, the call for rapprochement between such sects and the Muslims is useless and futile, as they resemble the Jews and the Christians in their misguidance, Kufr, envy towards the Muslims and conspiring against them, even if their ways and intentions are different. Thus, they apply the same policy of the Jews and the Christians with the Muslims. For some reason, a group of Egyptian Azhari scholars attempted to make this rapprochement with the Iranian, Rafidi scholars of Qum after the Second World War.

Some of the sincere great scholars were deceived by this call, as their hearts were too pure and they were inexperienced in life. So, they issued a magazine called “Al-Taqrib”. However, the truth was uncovered soon after, and this call ended in failure. This is not strange, as the inclinations are different, the ideas are distinct, and the ‘Aqidahs are contrasting. There is no way to reconcile the contraries.

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman

`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

Fatwas of the Permanent Committee>Group 1>Volume 2:

Al-`Aqidah (2)>Al-Wala’ wa Al-Bara’>Ruling on the call to rapprochement between religions

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Wrong understandings Regarding some of the Rulings of Wudhu.

Wrong understandings Regarding some of the Rulings of Wudhu.

Translated by Abbas Abu YahyaMay 6, 2014

Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

1 – Some people presume that it is not allowed to perform Wudhu whilst being uncovered!

The noble scholar AbdulAziz Ibn Baz said:

‘Covering ones private parts is not a condition in the correctness of Wudhu [1].’

[Fatawa Ibn Baz 10/101]

2 – Some people presume that if one precedes washing a limb from the left hand side before one from the right hand side then their Wudhu is not correct.

Imam Nawawi said:

‘The scholars are in consensus that preceding the right over that of the left from washing the hands and feet in Wudhu is a Sunnah, if it is opposed in washing [left before the right] then a virtue is missed out on but the Wudhu is correct.’

[Sharh Saheeh Muslim 3/160]

3 – Many people raise their finger whilst reciting the testification of Islaam after Wudhu.

‘Allaama Ibn Uthaymeen said:

‘I do not know of a foundation for this action.’

[Fatawa noor ala Darb 8/117]

4 – Some people think that if you touched some impurity that you have to repeat your Wudhu from the beginning!

‘Allaama Ibn Uthaymeen said:

‘Stepping upon impurities while it is moist does not invalidate the Wudhu, however, it is upon the person to purify that which it is obligatory to purify; meaning you only have to purify the place that was affected by the impurity.’

[Fatawa Ibn Uthaymeen 52/119]

6 – Many people find it difficult in themselves to wipe over socks which have holes in them.

‘Allaama Ibn Uthaymeen said:

‘It is permissible to wipe over socks which have holes in them and it is permissible to wipe over thin Khuff (leather socks), because many of the Companions were poor, and generally the poor have Khuff which have holes in them.

[Fatawa Ibn Uthaymeen 11/116]

7 – Some people wipe over socks which have pictures on them of those things which posses a soul.

‘Allaama Ibn Uthaymeen said:

 ‘It is not permissible to wipe over a sock which has a picture of an animal on it because wiping over the Khuff is an allowance and it is not allowed with sinning.’

[Fatawa Ibn Uthaymeen 11/116]

All Praise belongs to Allaah, may His peace and blessings be upon our final Prophet Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow his path.

[1] T.N. e.g. making Wudhu while having a shower.

https://abdurrahman.org/2014/05/06/wrong-understandings-regarding-some-of-the-rulings-of-wudu/